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On a recent patrol shift along U.S. Highway 550 in northern New Mexico, police officer Jerome Lucero spotted a driver going 30 mph in a 70 mph zone.

"That gave me a red flag," Lucero says. "So, I initiated my lights and sirens, but it took me about a mile to get [the driver's] attention."

When he approached the vehicle, there were more red flags.

"His pupils were restricted. They were so tiny, like a pin dot. And he didn't even know where he was going. He thought he was still in Albuquerque," Lucero says.

In fact, the man was about 40 miles north of the city.

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President Biden has some diplomatic work to do.

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At this time last year, Morning Edition was looking for ways to chronicle, and through that make sense of a moment as dramatic as anything in recent memory. We turned to music almost immediately, and specifically our Song Project — asking musicians to write an original song about their experience of the tumult.

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A bipartisan group of senators is releasing a report today about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In a call with reporters last night, Republican Senator Rob Portman explained the focus.

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Jupiter's moon Ganymede had a visitor from Earth on Monday. NASA's Juno spacecraft zoomed by in the afternoon, just 645 miles above the surface of the solar system's largest moon.

It's the first time a probe has made a close-up visit to Ganymede since the Galileo mission flew by in 2000.

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A massacre over the weekend left more than 130 people dead in Burkina Faso.

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Good morning. I'm Noel King. Here in Washington, D.C., cicadas are this summer's unofficial soundtrack.

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Kennedy Center honorees run the gamut. There's Debbie Allen, Dick Van Dyke, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, the violinist Midori. This Sunday, CBS will air a special featuring tributes and performances. Here's NPR's Elizabeth Blair.

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JOAN BAEZ: (Singing) I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night.

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Vice President Kamala Harris will go to Guatemala on Sunday, and then she's on to Mexico.

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On Jan. 23, 1957, Willie Edwards Jr. was eating dinner with his family in Montgomery, Ala., when he got a call from his boss at the Winn-Dixie asking if he could cover a shift for another driver.

He left his two young daughters and pregnant wife at home that evening but never made it back.

Years later, a former Klansman said that he and other Ku Klux Klan members pulled Willie out of his truck at gunpoint, terrorized him and brought him to a high bridge over the Alabama River.

They told him to jump or they'd shoot him. He jumped.

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Fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones released what is considered to be one of their best albums, "Sticky Fingers."

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